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Solid waste


									Solid waste
is an increasing problem in today’s
“throw- away” culture. From single                                  Additional Resources
serving food containers and food waste                  Visit the Green Country Stormwater
itself to junk mail and toner cartridges,               Alliance web site listed below for more
household waste is abundant. When                       details about recycling and reuse
it enters a landfill or washes into the
stormwater system it has a huge impact
on water quality. The EPA suggests the
following 12 ways to reduce solid waste.

1  Reduce the amount of unnecessary

2   Adopt practices that reduce waste toxicity
                                                                                                            A Homeowner’s Guide
3   Consider reusable products                                                                              to Recycling & Reuse
4   Maintain and repair durable products

5  Reuse bags, containers, water bottles
and other items.
                                                 Contact Information
6    Borrow, rent or share items that are used   For more information about stormwater protection,
infrequently                                     contact the Oklahoma Department of Environmental
                                                 Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division at 405-702-8100
7  Sell or donate goods instead of throwing      or visit the DEQ web site at
them out                               

8   Choose recyclable products and
                                                 For stormwater related complaints, call the DEQ
                                                 statewide hotline at 1-800-522-0206. This number is
containers, and recycle them.                    answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Citizens may

9  Select products made from recycled
                                                 fill out an online complaint form at the DEQ web site at
materials                                        and submit it electronically to the DEQ. The site also
                                                 provides contact links to DEQ.
10 Compost yard waste and food scraps            For local information about recycling,

11 Educate others and state your                 visit

preferences to manufacturers and merchants

12 Reduce waste creatively!                      Brochure Rev.: 10-26-06
                                             Get to know the Three R’s:

                                             Recycle, Reuse and Reduce
Recycle                                             Reuse                                                Reduce Consumption
Recycling at home is not just for aluminum cans     Taking your own coffee mug to work is an obvious     Little-used items, such as power tools and party
any more. Recycling now includes many of the        way to reuse a product, avoiding a “throw-away”      goods, are the ideal candidates for rental items —
following items:                                    item such as a Styrofoam                             or for sharing with friends and family members.
• Food clippings and yard waste                     cup. Other ideas include:                            The same holds true for newspapers, magazines,
• Paper and cardboard, including newspaper,         • Buying rechargeable                                camera equipment and other goods.
     office paper, mail, phone books and more           batteries and printer
• Household batteries                                   cartridges                                       Reducing consumption may also include:
• Paint and household chemicals                     • Using cloth napkins,                               • Purchasing clothing at resale shops or holding
• Electronic products (see below).                      sponges and dishcloths                              clothing “swaps” with others at your school,
                                                    • Avoiding single-use items                             place of worship, or community center
The EPA and its WasteWise program have set          • Recycling plastic containers and egg cartons       • Purchasing energy efficient items such as
a national goal of a 35 percent recycling rate          into craft, garden or art containers                compact fluorescent light bulbs, low flow
for municipal solid wastes by 2008. Look for        • Mulching with existing yard and food waste            faucets and toilets, or ENERGY STAR®
resources in your city to help meet this goal.          (see “Greenscaping” below)                          products
                                                    • Reusing gift and store bags for other purposes     • Borrowing books, DVDs or CDs from the library
E-cycling                                           • Considering whether or not you need a bag          • Purchasing products with recycled content or
In the past decade, our growing reliance on             at all when purchasing items.                       that have packages or containers made from
electronics has given rise to a new environmental                                                           recycled materials
                  challenge: safe and resource-     Greenscaping                                         • Contacting the Mail Preference Service of the
                  wise management of electronic     Home landscaping and yardwork generates literally       Direct Marketing Association to have your
                  waste. Electronics are a fast     tons of waste every year. In fact, yard waste is        name removed from
                  growing portion of America's      second only to paper in the municipal solid waste       mailing lists, thereby
                  trash—with 250 million com-       stream. Plus, pesticides and fertilizers used on        reducing the amount
                  puters estimated to have          lawns and gardens are major threats to water            of advertising mail
                  become obsolete in 2005. And      quality. Greenscaping involves some of the              delivered to your
electronics are made with valuable materials.       following practices:                                    home or post box
In 1998, over 112 million pounds of materials       • Reusing yard waste such as grass clippings         • Asking yourself, “Do I
were recovered from electronics including steel,         to mulch and to reduce soil erosion                really need it?” Often, the answer is “No”
glass, plastic, and precious metals. Look for       • Composting household waste — grass                 • Checking your ecological footprint (the
places in your area to e-cycle electronics such          clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee      amount of productive land and water it
as computers, TVs, cell phones, VCRs and                 grounds, shredded newspaper and more               takes to support your lifestyle) at
more. Visit or                   • Using plants and beneficial insects as an    for more resources.            alternative to insecticides.

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